Back in November we were treat to a genuine treat of a bout as the touted Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) took on the unheralded Daiki Ogura (4-3-1, 4) at Korakuen Hall. This bout is one that we suspect went under-the-radar, but sure provided some of the best fireworks we've seen in 2020.
The bout isn't the highest skilled, or the most technical, but it a fun, short, battle that deserves a watch. With that in mind we've given the English commentary treatment to end the year.
We'll be continuing this series in the new year, and will hopefully have more thrilling clashes like this to share.
Back in November touted Japanese prospect Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) had his second bout of 2020 as he took on veteran Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9) at Korakuen Hall. The bout was a strange one, with Takahashi being regarded as a future contender on the Japanese domestic scene and Kiyota being very much a man at the end of his career.
Given how well regarded Takahashi is we felt this was worthy of the English Language treat as we headed towards the end of 2020, and onto a new year, a year that should be a big one for Takahashi.
For this week's English language version of an Asian fight we thought it was a good chance to shine a light on one of the most talented Japanese fighter of the 1990's, Hiroshi Kawashima. With that in mind let us bring you his 1996 WBC Super Flyweight world title defense against Domingo Sosa.
For those who haven't seen Kawashima we hope this can help entice you into giving him a watch in the future!
For this week's English dub of an Asian fight we head back to the 1980's to see fighter-come-promoter Hideyuki Ohashi (11-3, 7) in action. Here the then 24 year old Ohashi was battling against Filipino foe Boy Kid Emilia (5-3).
Ohashi, for those who are unaware, was regarded as one of the best Japanese talents of his time. Although he hadn't won a world title by this point he had shown his ability, and had twice fought Jung Koo Chang. He would later become a 2-time world champion and face another true legend, losing in 1990 to Ricardo Lopez.
As for Emilia, less is known about him, and even his record isn't fully accepted. What is known is that he had this bout, and then seemingly never fought again.
In July 2013 fight fans in Tokyo got their first chance to see Masayoshi Nakatani (5-0, 4), as he travelled to the Japanese capital to take on former Rookie of the Year winner Shuhei Tsuchiya (14-1, 12) in an 8 round Lightweight clash.
For Nakatani this was a step up in class following a string of lower level wins whilst Tsuchiya was looking to bounce back from a February loss to Shoji Kawase.
For those who haven't seen this one it is well worthy of a watch, just to see how good Nakatani looked very early in his career, and to show what an advanced prospect he was just a couple of years after his debut.
With Nakatani set to fight in the US later this month we thought it was a great time to give fans a chance to see an early Nakatani bout given our English Language treatmen. We hope you enjoy!
One of the Japanese prospects that has impressed us the most over the last couple of years has been Ohashi Gym youngster Katsuki Mori. With that in mind we have given his 2020 clash with Yuki Uchida the English Language treatment.
This is a longer former video that we usually do in this series, and we're unsure if it works or not, compared with the title 1 or 2 round fights we tend to do here. With that in mind we'd love some feed back on whether this is too long, or whether we should be looking for longer fights in the future.
The final English Language version of an Asian fight for November sees us roll the clock back to the 1990's, when Japan's Hiroki Ioka was one of the biggest stars in Japan. This bout came in 1993 and saw Ioka battle against Filipino journeyman Ronnie Romero at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka.
This isn't the best bout out there, but it is a pretty good chance to see what Hiroki Ioka was like as a fighter.
In late 2018 Thai boxer Panya Pradabsri, aka Petchmanee Kokietgym, moved up to Flyweight to dip his toes at the 112lb weight class. Whilst there he took on Filipino youngster Dexter Alimento in a bout for the OPBF Silver Flyweight title.
With Panya set to fight for a world title later this month, we felt this was an ideal time to show case what the Thai can do, as we mover closer, and closer, to his bout with Wanheng Menayothin. That is, in many ways, the most interesting bout in Thailand in 2020, a year that has seen Thailand really raise it's level of match making.
For this weeks Asian fight with English Language commentary we've gone with the 2018 clash between Japanese star Kenshiro Teraji and Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez, who were rematching following a 2017 clash.
This was, in the eyes of some, the point where Kenshiro began to really show his development and skills, after originally struggling at the beginning of his reign. As Lopez some view this as the start of the end for him, but it is worth noting that since this bout he has actually remained in, and around, the world title picture, though he is now very much a man coming to the end of his days as a viable contender.
One of the few Asian fighters who has really managed to make a mark on the international boxing scene in the last few years is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. With that in mind we felt it was a great time to give one of his fights the English language treatment, and with that in mind we stumbled on his 2015 clash with Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa.
We'll start by admitting this isn't a particularly well known fight, but to us it was one that was interesting and certainly worth sharing, so we genuinely hope you enjoy this one, and a chance to see Srisaket before he became a huge international boxing star.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.